Tuesday, November 16

T-giving

We're going to veer from our usual customs this year and skip the turkey dinner on Thursday, and instead spend the day with some fellow alums, watching our beloved OSU Pokes play in a basketball tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. We're excited about that!

We'll eat the traditional stuff on Friday, although we'll probably just put it all out on the kitchen island and help ourselves, and skip the fancy dining room party of the ritual.

Also, while ordering chicken at a Popeye's chicken drive-through the other day, I saw that Popeye's is selling Cajun-seasoned whole turkeys this year. I am TOTALLY going to get one. I love all the side dishes, but I've always found turkey to be bland and not worth the all-day cooking effort. Plus, handling the raw turkey and even having to LOOK at the neck and giblets makes me queasy for the rest of the day. So I'm pretty enthused about this plan!

On the one hand, I'm a little bit sad about not dragging out the china, crystal and silver for their annual outing/dust removal, but on the other hand, I feel quite cheery about not having to wash them (both before and after!)

Whatcha gonna do for the big day, Broards?

11 comments:

sheila222 said...

The best Christmas dinner we ever had was when my daughter was about 6 weeks old and we ate Christmas buffet at the Hilton.

Gail said...

We aren't having Thanksgiving this year and it isn't looking to good for Christmas either.

Sonya said...

My grandparents and mom are coming to my house for turkey. Small and comfortable.

Jilly said...

we're going to get up at 7 and then go to Towson (North Baltimore) and do a family 5K turkey trot put on by the Y. Later in the day, I'll set out a salad bar, make tuna steaks, pressure cook green beans with a pork tenderloin, prepare brown ride dressing, and fat free corn muffins, turn the green bean pan drippings into gravy and that'll be it. For dessert, I'll set out fruit and melted dark chocolate. We're only having 7 people over, so it'll be nice to all fit at the table and have a laid back day without spending all day worrying about side dishes or a turkey.

After dinner, the men folk will do the dishes while the females will go on a walk through the cemeteries out back. I plan on having salad left over and maybe some fruit and that's it.

I hope christmas is a repeat.

vq said...

We did that one year when I was a teen, Sheila. My mother had just had surgery, and we decided we'd skip the cooking and the dish-washing, and we had dinner at a hotel. It was kind of fun to get dressed up and out of the house on Christmas day.

(And Jilly, I struggled mightily to understand what "brown ride dressing" might be until the light came on!)

Jilly said...

verb, that got a real life snort out of me b/c i've had a stuffed up head for two weeks and as of right now "brown rice dressing" actually sounds like "brown ride dressing" when i say it out loud.

on dec 12th MissM will be signing in the cherub choir at church for the living nativity/journey to the manger program. at the last practice, half-way through one of their songs, MissM informed all the other kids and the choir director that they were singing the wrong song and insisted that everyone switch from "away in a manger" to "row row row." I'm sure the performance will be teeming with little divas, with mine being the biggest little diva out there. I plan to record it and, if possible, share it with you all.

UrbanStarGazer said...

My younger brother and I will be making dinner at his place. Not sure how many people will be there but there's usually 15 to 20.

Best way to cook a turkey is to dry brine and spatchcock it. I did that last year and it took 1.5 hours to cook a 22 lb turkey and it was the best turkey ever. Moist, flavorful, etc.

emma said...

I'm looking forward to this Thanksgiving . . no family squabbles or feuding or friction . . . my husband and I will be in Vegas enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Joel Robuchon's fabulous restaurant. Bring it

Spidey said...

i will be spending the day at my sons inlaws enjoying a home cooked meal by his father in law. all i have to bring is a pie. i will be with my children and their spouses and bigjoe, so that is a perfect day for me. and i took the day before off, so i will be in heaven. ;)

Ehram said...

Unfortunately the will be no christmas dinner at home for me, the kitchen and dining room are in an unusable state thanks to some cowboy builder who are, rightfully, under the kosh from our lawyers. instead it's going to have to be a meal at a restaurant somewhere, thankfully I've managed to find some great Christmas dinner deals here. marco Pierre White here we come...

vq said...

Well I'm sorry about your kitchen. I've been there. But who are you?